From coracles to giraffes – 51st Balerno Scouts style!

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At their summer camp, the 51st Pentland (Balerno) Monday Scouts built and tested coracles. It was so warm no one worried about falling in the water! Did you know a coracle, or a ‘cwrwgl’ as it was originally named in Welsh, is a small one-person boat made out of woven wood and a waterproof covering. They were used in the UK over 2000 years ago, dating back to pre-Roman times, and they are still used today – most commonly for fishing. Who knew!! Read on about giraffes!

The summer camp was the first greenfield camp most of the Scouts had attended and we were hosted by the Philiphaugh Estate in Selkirk. This was an amazing spot for our summer camp as only a short walk away is where the Yarrow and Ettrick waters meet and a fantastic spot for a swim and to test our coracles.

And… The 51st Pentland (Balerno) Monday Beavers have been going mad about giraffes. Why? They entered a competition to design a giraffe which was judged by one of the Giraffes About Town artists Melanie Grandidge. Some of the Beavers can be seen with Melanie’s design sponsored by Cala.

The Group also has sponsored a giraffe for the year which was supported by Cala. As well as being very excited about a bus trip into town and getting to star in their very own photo shoot the Beavers met Morris (pictured on the left) from Edinburgh Zoo. Morris helps to look after the giraffes and told the Beavers all about the giraffes at the zoo. Did you know giraffes have blue tongues?

51st Balerno Monday Beavers
51st Balerno Monday Beavers

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